On September 13th, candidates Ben Akselrod and Steven Cymbrowitz will square off in a Democratic primary for a New York state Assembly seat in Sheepshead Bay.

As such, Akselrod’s campaign sent out a mailer trying to persuade voters that he is the right, competent, detail-oriented man for the job.  The mailer included an inset which criticized his opponent for ‘allowing’ crime to spike on his watch.

The flyer, which was mailed out last week, had one major problem – apparently nobody proofread the material prior to its release.

The flier reads:

Dear Friend,

I am running for Assembly because I believe the number 1 job of that office is to keep the community safe. The current assemblyman has allowed crime to go up over 50% in our  negrohood so far this year. I am fighting for video cameras throughout our community to protect our seniors who are the most vulnerable and cut down on anti-semitic attacks in our community. I will also make sure the mayor gives our community more police to patrol our streets.

Ben Akselrod

Assembly Candidate 

(Photo:  Sheepshead Bites)

It’s hard to tell how the word “negrohood” could have ended up in the final print.  Was it a typo, an unfortunate auto-correct?  Could it have been a Freudian slip on somebody’s part?

Whatever the reasoning, it would seem in the best interest of the candidate to immediately make a statement on the poor choice of words, admit to the error, and do one’s best to rectify the situation.

Amazingly however, three days after the discovery of the “negrohood” flier, Akselrod has yet to say anything on the matter.

The campaign mailer was distributed to thousands of potential voters.